There has been considerable movement this year in the biannually-published list of male and female players who have passed the 100 cap mark for their national teams.

If he is used for Germany's remaining Euro 2000 qualifying fixtures, Lothar Matthäus could leap-frog over Saudi Arabia's Majed Abdullah by the end of the year, and if he prolongs his international career into the new millenium, he could also overtake legendary Swedish goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli. However, the favourite for breaking the current record and reaching the 150 cap mark must be Mexico captain Claudio Suarez, whose age (30) and commanding performances for the triumphant hosts during the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup indicate that he will be a permanent fixture in the national team for a few years to come.

Meanwhile in the women's table, USA stars Kristene Lilly and Mia Hamm, both of whom are steadily nearing the 200 mark, have widened the gap with the chasing pack, led by teammate Julie Foudy. The Americans dominate the standings, with only Norwegian veteran Linda Medalen and the Chinese pair of Liu Ailing and Wen Lirong among the active players capable of competing on a statistical level with the new world champions.

The Century Club
Players who have played 100 or more internationals for their country
Status as of 20 August, 1999
Men
NAME COUNTRY CAPS CARREER SPAN
Thomas RAVELLI SWE 143 1981-1997
Majed ABDULLAH KSA 140 1978-1994
Lothar MATTHÄUS GER 139 1980-1999 °
Claudio SUAREZ MEX 133 1992-1999 °
Mohamaed AL-DEAYEA KSA 127 1990-1999 °
Marcelo BALBOA USA 127 1988-1999 °
Andoni ZUBIZARRETA ESP 126 1985-1998
Peter SHILTON ENG 125 1970-1990
Mohammed AL-KHILAIWI KSA 120 1992-1999 °
Masami IHARA JPN 120 1988-1998
Patrick JENNINGS NIR 119 1964-1986
Cobi JONES USA 119 1992-1999 °
Heinz HERMANN SUI 117 1978-1991
Gheorghe HAGI ROM 116 1983-1999
Björn NORDQVIST SWE 115 1963-1978
Soon-ho CHOI KOR 113 1980-1991
Peter SCHMEICHEL DEN 113 1987-1999 °
Alain GEIGER SUI 112 1980-1995
Dino ZOFF ITA 112 1968-1983
Carlos VALDERRAMA COL 111 1985-1998
Paul CALIGIURI USA 110 1990-1997
Wail Sulaiman AL-HABASHI KUW 109 1986-1996
Jorge CAMPOS
Jürgen KLINSMANN GER 108 1987-1998
Bobby MOORE ENG 108 1962-1973
Bobby CHARLTON ENG 106 1958-1970
Héctor CHUMPITAZ PER 105 1965-1981
Jürgen KOHLER GER 105 1986-1998
Billy WRIGHT ENG 105 1946-1959
Ladislau BÖLÖNI ROM 104* 1975-1988
Michael LAUDRUP DEN 104 1982-1998
Thorbjørn SVENSSEN NOR 104 1947-1962
Franz BECKENBAUER GER 103 1965-1977
Myung-Bo HONG KOR 103 1990-1999 °
Kenny DALGLISH SCO 102 1971-1986
Paolo MALDINI ITA 102 1988-1999 °
Borislav MIHAYLOV BGR 102 1983-1998
Morten OLSEN DEN 102 1970-1989
Eric WYNALDA USA 102 1990-1997
Leonel ALVAREZ COL 101 1985-1997
Oleg BLOKHIN USR 101* 1972-1988
Claudio TAFFAREL BRA 101 1988-1998
Ari HJELM FIN 100 1982-1996

° still active
* after the deduction of Olympic Football Tournament competition matches from the original total
- FIFA is currently verifying the records of Hossam Hassam, Ibrahim Hassan and Hani Ramzy (all from Egypt)
- The Men's Century Club was compiled with the help of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics(IFFHS) in Wiesbaden/Germany

Joachim STREICH GDR 98* 1969-1984  
Hans Jürgen DÖRNER GDR 96* 1969-1985  
Jószef BOZSIK HUN 95* 1947-1962  
Grzegorz LATO POL 95* 1971-1984  
Kazimierz DEYNA POL 84* 1968-1978  
Women
NAME COUNTRY CAPS CAREER SPAN
Kristine LILLY USA 186 1987 °
Mia HAMM USA 179 1987 °
Julie FOUDY USA 161 1988 °
Linda MEDALEN NOR 151 1987 °
Heidi STOERE NOR 151 1980-97
Carolina MORACE ITA 150 1980-97
Carla OVERBECK USA 150 1988 °
Joy FAWCETT USA 148 1987 °
Michelle AKERS USA 147 1985 °
Pia SUNDHAGE SWE 146 1973-96
Liu AILING CHN 137 1987 °
Wen LIRONG CHN 128 1987 °
Tiffeny MILBRETT USA 124 1991 °
Tisha VENTURINI USA 124 1992 °
Doris FITSCHEN GER 122 1986 °
Hege RIISE NOR 122 1990 °
Martina VOSS GER 120 1984 °
Antonella CARTA ITA 119 1984 °
Carin GABARRA USA 117 1987-96
Sun QUINGMEI CHN 115 1984-97
Gillian COULTARD ENG 112 1981 °
Elisabeth LEIDINGE SWE 112 1974-96
Silvia NEID GER 111 1982-96
Lena VIDEKULL SWE 111 1984-96
Ann Kristin AARONES NOR 110 1990 °
Gunn NYBORG NOR 110 1978-92
Elisabetta VIGNOTTO ITA 110 1970-89
Sun WEN CHN 110 1990 °
Zhao LIHONG CHN 109 1992 °
Fan YUNJIE CHN 107 1992 °
Heidi MOHR GER 104 1986-96
Svetlana PETKO RUS 104 1990 °
Brandi CHASTAIN USA 101 1988 °
Bettina WIEGMANN GER 101 1989 °

- The Ladies Century Club was compiled with the help of Rainer Hennies, Barsinghausen/Germany
° still active